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When it comes to data governance, the IT department sometimes comes across as the lone digital voice in the wind. IBM wants to change that with the launch of what the company is describing as the first social network dedicated to data governance.
According to Steven Adler, program director for IBM Information Governance and chairperson of the IBM Information Governance Council, the level of data governance maturity within most organizations is finally reaching a level where the traditional divide between IT and the business is now nothing more "than a fictional memory of the past."
Today, says Adler, IT organizations are engaging in frank and open conversations with their business colleagues about how the lack of quality data not only increases costs, but affects the total performance of the business. These conversations are leading a change in the tenor of the conversation between IT and the rest of the business that focuses more on the business benefits of data governance, versus just the compliance requirements and the associated technology jargon.
As part of the effort to further these conversations, IBM enlisted Chaordix to build a crowdsourcing application for its newest social network. The basic idea is that data governance professionals will do more to advance data quality by collectively addressing issues that every business faces. In fact, a new study from Beye Research finds that 70 percent of the organizations surveyed experienced at least one data quality issue in the last three years.
While the state of the relationship between IT and the business is always going to be a subject for perennial debate, there's no doubt that a general data quality movement is taking hold in business. Hopefully, this movement will create a long-term opportunity to narrow the divide between IT and the business, versus being seen as just another ongoing maintenance activity that is simply addressing a long overdue issue that finally got out of hand enough to demand business attention.